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Summer trip ideas in New Zealand

Multi-destination tour
  • Boutique travel
Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
Length 22 days Approx. $8,250
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Road trip from Auckland to Queenstown
Length 15 days Approx. $4,450
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South Island road trip
Length 10 days Approx. $3,450
  • Adventure
Dolphins, helicopters and glaciers!
Length 13 days Approx. $4,990
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Islands North and South
Length 16 days Approx. $3,800
  • Boutique travel
Honeymoon in New Zealand's mountains and vineyards
Length 14 days Approx. $4,600
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New Zealand for families 
Length 13 days Approx. $4,300
  • Off the beaten track
Off the tourist track New Zealand
Length 15 days Approx. $7,800

Our local experts in New Zealand

Welcome to the New Zealand travel pages. In this faraway country, you can expect a harmonious mixture of lakes, mountainous and volcanic landscapes, and tropical vegetation... New Zealand is isolated in the middle of the ocean and is located halfway between the South Pole and the Equator. Even though it’s small in area (about the size of the UK), it has extremely diverse flora and fauna. Nature lovers are in paradise here. But this paradise is ea... Welcome to the New Zealand travel pages. In this faraway country, you can expect a harmonious mixture of lakes, mountainous and volcanic landscapes, and tropical vegetation... New Zealand is isolated in the middle of the ocean and is located halfway between the South Pole and the Equator. Even though it’s small in area (about the size of the UK), it has extremely diverse flora and fauna. Nature lovers are in paradise here. But this paradise is earned: you’ll have to spend long hours on an airplane to get here, and you can count on having 10 to 12 hours of jet lag once you arrive, depending on the season... But this land, which the Maori first called “Aotearoa,” the land of the long white cloud, is really worth the trip: abundant and diverse nature, beautiful landscapes, and outdoor activities… It’s all convenient for travellers: one of the advantages of this destination is the small size of the country, which makes all this beauty accessible, starting from your first trip to New Zealand. Your hunger for the great outdoors and desire for peace and serenity will be satisfied. See more
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Start planning your summer trip to New Zealand

Endless natural beauty is what makes New Zealand the special place that it is. From snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills to quaint coves and active volcanoes, this country is beguiling, especially in summer. Cities like Auckland and Christchurch offer cosmopolitan vibes and diverse cultural activities, and in summer there’s lots to do.

Why should I visit New Zealand in the summer?

New Zealand is famed for its verdant landscapes and laid-back way of life. Summer days are long, dry, and warm, wonderfully suited to exploring the myriad outdoor pursuits throughout the country. From basking in natural hot springs, experiencing Maori culture, or engaging in high-octane extreme sports, summer is the perfect time to visit New Zealand.

Best things to do in New Zealand in the summer

If you’re planning a summer vacation in New Zealand, try some of these top activities.

Sail the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is beach heaven. Its soft white sands gently dip into an azure ocean. But there's more to this place than just beaches, swimming, and surfing. Go on a dolphin safari to catch a glimpse of these magnificent, intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. Or take a hike around the area to see where the Maori people and the British signed the Treaty of Waitangi, one of New Zealand's foundational documents.

Relax at Hot Water Beach

New Zealand’s coastline is popular with both visitors and locals, and summer weekends see thousands flock to its sands and coastal paths. Hot Water Beach Beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula, comes with its very own hot springs, situated just below the sandy surface. Just dig down a little into the sand during low tide and the warm water will bubble up so you can enjoy your very own geothermal pool.

Hike magnificent landscapes

Navigating the varied, awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand is a richly rewarding experience. Head to the likes of Tongariro National Park, where trails cover spectacular terrain. Lord of the Rings fans will recognise much of this area from the famous trilogy.

Experience Rotorua's thrills

Summer in New Zealand is the perfect time to visit Rotorua, a center of geothermal activity and Maori heritage. Experience inspiring and informative Maori cultural shows and programming, or try your hand at some adventure sports such as zip lining or bungee jumping. Afterwards, take things a little easier at the alluring hot springs.

Catch sunrise in Gisborne

Ever wondered where the sun rises first? Well, you’ll find it in Gisborne on the North Island, as this is one of the destinations to see the sun first at the beginning of each day. Come in December (the height of New Zealand’s summer) and you can also be one of the first people to usher in the new year.

What’s the weather like in New Zealand in the summer? 

New Zealand's summers start in late November and conclude in February. Average daily temperatures can range between 68°F and 86°F, depending on the location and elevation. Rainfall is infrequent and occasional at most. Cool layered cotton clothing is advised during these warm months, and sunscreen should be worn at all times due to the intense sunlight. If you're planning to go on a hike or visit remote areas, it's important to bring extra water and emergency supplies.

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